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365 Photography Project Thirty-Third Post

Sunday May 22, 2011 Antiquing_one person's discards are another person's treasures in our throw-away/ recycle society

Monday May 23, 2011_ Cleaning the courtyard Step One_some trimming, mostly under raking

Tuesday May 24, 2011_ Cleaning the courtyard Step Two_the same

Wednesday May 25, 2011_ Cleaning the courtyard Step Three_the same

Thursday May 26, 2011 All yard waste needs to be out on the street sometime Thursday, on my street, as the garbage guys pick up early Friday morning. All yard waste in San Jose is made into compost which is used at city areas and is also given away for private use.

Friday May 27, 2011 Now the true transformation begins. I think I'm going to photograph this building every Friday until it's done so we can all watch its progress from an ugly & empty story to a remodeled & vibrant store.

Saturday May 28, 2011 The Union-Campbell High School District's four high schools had their annual Art Show, which had Lauren's art and  her photography. Most of her art work is on this board, making this kind of special as only 3 or 4 Branham kids had enough work, in her case the 6 pieces show here, in the show to warrant their own display. Lauren has nothing to do with what will go in or won't go in. That's decided by a jury who also award the ribbons..We were pleased. 

the flickr of our lives


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Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
I actually got my Christmas dishes at the Goodwill on Meridian, in fact, now that I think on it, I've gotten a lot of dishes and glasses from there and I also used to buy Lauren's jeans there because she was just so hard on her clothes. I can't remember finding any books, probably should have looked harder. I know what I've donated, some pretty decent stuff, and I'm obviously not alone :))
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Lauren!

Her work looks fabulous.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'll let her know your kind words. Now she wants everything framed and displayed on her bedroom wall behind her bed, a big empty space. I'll have to make that happen.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Lauren's work
A juried art show - very impressive. And a very impressive display, too. Good for Lauren.

Other than that: antique chochkas, a clean-up in the courtyard, a clean-up of Mervyn's. Do I see a theme here? A theme to which Lauren's show is diametrically opposed? FanSee
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Lauren's work
The art departments can't compete with sports or music but at least they do have this one show a year and it's fairly well attended. And seriously, there was some excellent work displayed, I was impressed.

I sort of think of all the other photos as about renewal if I had to come up with a theme, reuse of space for Mervyns, getting rid of the old to make room for the new in the courtyard, and giving no longer valued things a new lease on life because, you know, Lauren and I bought things, people just kept on walking in the door and buying things. Lauren's show was about creativity and pride, I suppose, in doing a good job and being appreciated for that. Just different levels of maybe the same thing really.

Whaddya think?
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Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
I love antiquing and I've taught Lauren to enjoy it too. Have to admit, we almost always find something, she collects Snoopy stuff and she found several paperback books and I collect glassware and I found some glasses in 'my' pattern so...yay!!

It is alot and it's nice knowing it will be put to good use.

I agree, way to go Lauren!!
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Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
maybe because I have just the one, I started taking Lauren with me before she could walk, probably around five or six months and while, once she could walk, she'd run amok at home, she has always behaved herself around other people's things. Shop keepers would watch her with a certain trepidation but she's never broken anything, at least outside of home. Can't say the same for here :D

It will be fun when your youngest is ready, it will be interesting to see what kind of things your kids gravitate towards.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Lauren on displaying her art work! :D

I like antiquing, but I'm also a believer in the idea that a negative energy can be attached to an object so I'm always careful about what I bring into a house. I'm superstitious that way I guess. :P

Charity shops, on the other hand, I'm all over. I grew up getting a fair bit of my clothing from the Salvation Army. It's also a good spot to get housewares.

I don't buy wooden furniture though. I know all the HGTV shows are all over buying second hand stuff, but there's also a fair few people that have ended up with termites in their house as a result.

Any idea on what the new store is going to be? Personally, I'd be all nosy and go ask one of the construction workers.

I hate doing yard work because I always break out in hives. That and it's hot and miserable work wherein I always get sunburned. No, I'm not the green thumb type at all. If you enjoy doing it, more power to you! Goodness knows you have a nice little garden going!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
thank you!! I'll let her know.

For me, everything in an antique or charity store is like some little orphan, once loved but no longer, and looking for that again. I don't find bad spirits or negative energy fortunately, everything sort of sings its song, I guess. The things that sing the right song, I take home. My house is a complete mix of old and new, mostly newer upholstered pieces with old 'wooden' cabinets, some dating from the late 1800's. I can tell you, I've never had a problem with termites but be that may be just because I'm here in California or pure dumb luck, who knows.

My father taught me gardening, had me helping him form the time I was very little, watering, pulling weeds, planting, deadheading. Every summer, he and I went often spend weekend mornings at the nursery getting new plants and he always told me, 'don't bring something into your yard if you're not going to take care of it' so I do. Fortunately the weather's been holding here, normally it would be way to hot but not this year. It's been pleasant plus all three days I had 'For Your Entertainment' playing on my iPod and that made everything very lively, just raking to 'Strut' and 'Music Again'. Sorry about the hives. For me, it's hay fever. It always has to be something, doesn't it?
Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's neat that you got your love of gardening from your father. My grandpa was like that, too. Both sides of the family were itinerant farmers that came from a long line of farmers. (And the odd pirate and moonshiner.)

Grandpa could charm every plant he put into the earth to yield the most amazing crops. He was also forever coming over to visit with fresh, free produce for us. I remember one year, he came over with 40 zucchinis. Big ones, too! Apparently, he'd traded and pawned off the other odd hundred or so he'd grown on other people.

Finding recipes for 40 zucchinis was challenge let me tell you! :D
Jun. 3rd, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Lauren's work looks great! Congrats to her.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
thank you so much, I'll certainly pass on to her your congrats :D
Jun. 3rd, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Loved the pics of Laureen with her works!
Congratulations ♥

Lovely pics my dear =)
Jun. 4th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
thank you!! And I'll pass your congrats along to her :D

Jun. 8th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
What did Lauren get the red ribbon for and who is the guy in color with the beard? Yay for Lauren!
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
she won the ribbon, 2nd place, for her ink design for an assignment using a tree shape with words that related to the tree. The guy in the beard is Zach Galifianakis, he's a comedian and actor, which was another assignment, drawing a celebrity using a particular technique that's hard to describe.
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
using a particular technique that's hard to describe.

Okay, now I need to know the name of the technique.
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
don't know the name but what you do is grid out squares on a small xerox copy of a photograph and the same number on a large piece of blank paper. Then using the small one as a guide, you reproduce, using chalk pastel, each square separately on the large paper leaving a little black around the edges. Once done, you blur the edges of the squares but not completely so a ghost of them remains. It looks pretty cool but did take her awhile to do.
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for explaining this, sounds like something I'd like to try some day.
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